In the wake of the spectacular downfall of former Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai and his once right-hand man Wang Lijun earlier this year, SCMP revisits the southwestern metropolis – the epicentre of the communist party’s worst scandal in more than two decades. By tracking down and interviewing various people directly involved in, and victimized by, Bo’s “singing red, striking black” campaign, SCMP correspondent Keith Zhai unlocks the secrets of a once menacing political figure and his empire.
Chongqing balls wiped clean of Wang Lijun legacy
The two large balls sitting outside the Chongqing Municipal Building's Public Security Bureau once epitomised former top cop and vice-mayor Wang Lijuan’s iron-fisted crusade against rampant crime and corruption.
Not anymore, though. The huge stone boulders, once adorned with inscriptions by Wang with the Chinese characters “sword” and “shield” have been wiped clean, according to reports by observant Chongqing journalists.
Wang, once the right hand man of disgraced Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai, was sentenced to 15 years prison in September for defection, obstruction of justice and abuses of power.
The 'Chongqing scandal' has since died down but it is obvious the city is now trying to sever all traces to the Bo-Wang regime as quickly as possible. They are starting with Wang's famous balls of stone.